Breakfast with St. Nick

SantaSponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 521

Sunday, December 6, 2015
8 a.m.—1 p.m.
Santa arrives at 10 a.m.

St. Stephen Gymnasium
325 32nd St., Port Huron

pancakesMenu: Pancakes, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Applesauce, Fruit Cocktail, Coffee, Milk, Juice

Cost: Free-will Offering

Come for breakfast,
stay and visit with St. Nick!

All are welcome!!

St. Vincent de Paul Needs Your Help

St Vincent De Paul LogoThe Holy Trinity St. Vincent De Paul Society is in desperate need of beds and bedding for their clients. Needed items include: twin, double and queen beds, gently used mattresses, along with mattress pads, sheet sets and blankets, as well as, bath towels and wash cloths. The bedding may be dropped off at the parish office or put in the tubs designated for SVdP at the back of St. Stephen Church. Please call the SVdP Hotline for arrangements to pick up the beds and mattresses: 810-989-1931.

Heartfelt thanks to our parishioners for the monetary and material donations you so generously provide on an ongoing basis. May God Bless you for your continual support to improve the conditions of those in our community.

Our Joy, Our Hope

The Choirs of St. Joseph will present their annual winter concert on Friday evening, December 11th at 7 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, December 13th at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 1331 7th St. at Chestnut St., Port Huron. The St. Joseph Chorale and the Celebration Singers will combine to present our concert titled “OUR JOY, OUR HOPE”.

“Hail to the newborn King, Let our voices sing our praises.”
Our songs of Advent anticipation and Christmas joy reinforce the message of hope in, and dependence on the Lord Jesus, as revealed in the Old and New Testament Scripture writings.

Director is Sr. Gloria Korhonen, OP., Principal accompanist is Barbara Collins, assisted by instrumentalists from Parish and community. Donations will be accepted after each concert to benefit the work of MID CITY NUTRITION.

For over 28 years, Mid City Nutrition has been preparing and serving meals in the “soup kitchen” at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church on Chestnut Street in Port Huron. Our local Faith Community is united in service to provide hope to our neighbors.

For further information, call 810-982-4133.


LIFElines from Lucy

Thanksgiving always brings to mind all that we are thankful for. This year I have decided to give thanks every day for the things in my life. As I write this bulletin article, this is what I am thankful for. We are so blessed here at Holy Trinity to be able to work with parishioners who truly work with kind and loving hearts. Reaching out to welcome others into our parish is second nature to all of you. I have never worked in a parish that was as prayerful as our parish. But, there is one group of people I think are the ‘unsung heroes” of our parish, and I’d like to take a second to thank them for all they do. Mary Fran our bookkeeper who always seems to find the money when we so desperately need it. (Not to mention her great singing ability), Denise Brookins, Cheryl Pergande and Kathy Nowiski, our secretarial staff who stay on top of all the clerical work for the parish from record keeping to letter writing and beyond. To Sharon Bender, Sue Lozano, Mary Rita Gierman and all the secondary help who “stand erect” waiting to help. To our custodial staff; Dave, Kevin, TJ, Mark, who spend just as much time in the truck running from site to site, as they do working, fixing, cleaning, checking, etc. I’m sure I forgot someone, so for that I apologize. Know that you are truly appreciated. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

God is love and all who live in God, live in love.
A young bride asked her grandmother, “What’s the secret of a long marriage?” The grandmother answered that the secret to a long marriage was to not give up. Today, many couples will give up before even giving the marriage a chance. As we look at Luke’s readings for Advent and Christmas, we can easily see a love relationship between God and his people. Hope, forgiveness, sacrifice, dependence, acceptance, presence, embracing the unknown, giving your all are all characteristic of a relationship.
Relationships demand that we give more than we take, that we overlook weakness and that we love unconditionally. Not giving up means standing erect, ready to take on whatever challenge life gives you, knowing that you are not alone. It also requires, patience, a listening year and to take time to rest in the LORD.
This First week of Advent starts off the season with HOPE. John Shea; theologian and story teller says that Hope is just on the other side of hopelessness. In other words, when we ‘hit bottom’ and can hope no more, surrender to God, that is when hope rises up to meet us. In the days of the Old Testament, the world was in great chaos. Roman control had taken over and oppressed the land. People were being taxed beyond their means. (Kind of sounds like today).

Then there is the positive side of hope, hope that is filled with dreams and goals, aspirations and fearlessness. Hope that sees the glass half full, hope that will bring salvation to a land. Hope that will get Paris through this tragic time in their history. Hope that will redeem those who suffer, those who have yet to encounter Christ and hope that fills the hearts of the hopeless.
May you be filled with HOPE this holiday season.

Advent Reflection Questions:

  • I cringe in fear when……
  • What helps me “stand erect” in hope is……?
  • What helps me love as Christ loves & grow in holiness is……
  • Where do I find my hope?

Keep movin’ in the Spirit!!!!

Season of Advent

Happy New Year! Today begins the Season of Advent. It also begins a new “church year”, officially called The Year of Grace, 2016. This year our Sunday Mass readings will be from Cycle C in the Lectionary, which draws primarily from the Gospel of Luke. As we begin this new year there are some important dates in our parish calendar that I would like to mention to you:

  • Tuesday, December 8 is The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation. Our Mass times that day will be:
    9:00 am at St. Stephen Church
    12:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
    7:00 pm at St. Stephen Church
  • Friday, December 11 we will be celebrating the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 9:00 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission.
  • The Choirs of St. Joseph will be holding their annual Holiday Concert called “Our Joy, Our Hope”. Proceeds this year will go to Mid-City Nutrition Center. Performances on:
    Friday, December 11 at 7:00 pm
    Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 pm
  • There will be three Blue Water Vicariate Penance Services this year during Advent:
    Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm, St. Mary Queen of Creation, New Baltimore
    Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 pm, St. Stephen Church, Port Huron
    Saturday, December 19 at 1:00 pm, Holy Family Parish, Memphis
  • Our Christmas Mass times will be:
    Christmas Eve/Day
    (Thursday, December 24/Friday, December 25)
    St. Stephen Church   at   4:00 pm
    St. Joseph Church   at   4:00 pm
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission   at   6:00 pm
    St. Joseph Church   at   10:00 pm
    St. Stephen Church   at   9:00 am
  • Finally, New Year’s Day we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God (a holy day of obligation):
    Thursday, December 31 at 4:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
    Friday, January 1 at 9:00 am at St. Stephen Church

God Bless,
Fr. Brian

Thanks Be To God!

Thanksgiving DinnerWhat is the congregational response after the first and second readings are proclaimed at a weekend Mass? “Thanks be to God!” We come to every Mass to give thanks to God for the week’s blessings and for the living Word, that the message passionately proclaimed from Scripture by our lectors, deacons, and priests, will prompt our hearts to bring about a greater conversion in our lives and inspire us to live out that message for the coming week. We also give thanks for the Word, who has become flesh, true flesh “for my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink” (Jn. 6:55). This is the true and “Real Presence” of Jesus Christ that is miraculously made present to us in the Eucharist at each Mass. The word, “Eucharist,” comes from the Greek word, Eucharistia, which means “Thanksgiving.” Not only do we come to Mass to thank God for what he has done for us through dying on the cross for our sins and for rising from the dead, but it is Jesus Christ who is thanksgiving himself.

This coming Thursday, November 26th, is Thanksgiving. As we prepare to enjoy a delicious and memorable feast with our family and close friends, what one thing can each of us say we are thankful for over this past year as we take turns sharing around the table at the dinner blessing before we dig into the smorgasbord of food? Health? Faith? New life? Autumn and the beautiful changing colors of the leaves? Donuts and apple cider? S’mores by the campfire? Turkey? Family? Our own cross? The Eucharist? Imagine what Jesus could do to prompt unbelievers or fallen-away Catholics in a situation like that to come and follow him or come and follow Him once again with only a short time of gratitude before the big meal. “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible” (Mt. 19:26, Mk. 10:27). Let’s make it known to everyone at our Thanksgiving dinner, no matter how easy or how uncomfortable we may be, that we are not afraid to pray publicly, that we are not afraid to acknowledge Jesus in the presence of others. “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God” (Lk. 12:8, Mt. 10:32-33). Simply put, may we simply share one blessing we are thankful for to Jesus in 2015. May God continue to bless us, bless our families, our parish, and this great nation. May we acknowledge that all of these wonderful blessings, no matter how big or small, known or unknown; past, present or future, come from our generous Lord. Come Holy Spirit. Unify our family at the dinner table including those who are not able to make it this year and those loved ones of ours who have passed from this life. Help us receive you this Thanksgiving with a spirit of gratitude and reciprocate it back to you and to each other. Thanks be to God!

In A Spirit of Gratitude to The Most Holy Trinity,
Fr. Jeff Allan

Christmas Peace Billboard

This is the fourth year we will be able to promote this message of peace, charity, and prayerful nonviolence. Parish members, the community, and local Knights of Columbus, have helped this to happen. We’ve reserved the MLK/Mother Theresa peace billboard space to go up again, this Christmas to be across from McMorran above the Chamber of Commerce building, and have begun raising the necessary support. Please contact Michael McCarthy 810-982-2870 of our Blue Water Pax Christi if you can contribute.

It will be seen from December 23rd [see below] for one month. We hope to continue advertising for peace and reconciliation in our troubled world. Please pass the word, call Mike McCarthy with any questions, and thank you.

Christmas Peace Billboard

A Message from Fr. Simeon Iber

“My father, Peter I. Iber, passed on from this life on November 8th, at the age of 86. He died at St. Monica’s Hospital, Adikpo-Benue State, Nigeria.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica M. Iber. He is also survived by their nine children: myself; Elisabeth (Ambrose) Jor; Sabina (Benjamin) Uye; Domittila (Timothy) Akpusugh; Dr. Terfa (Erdoo) Iber; Linda (Andrew) Anure; Aondover Iber; Kasevhemba (Victor) Akpa; and Kumaden (Daniel) Dughnan. In addition, he is survived by 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. There will be a wake service on Thursday, November 26. The funeral Mass will take place on Friday, November 27 at St. Martin Catholic Church, Mbape-Shangev-ya, Kwande Local Government, Benu State, Diocese of Gboko, Nigeria. Condolences may be sent to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Garden City, Michigan. Please keep our family in your prayers.”

Reverend Simeon Iber
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
31530 Beechwood Street
Garden City, MI 48135

Blue Water Area Churches Thanksgiving Service

The Blue Water Area churches will have a community thanksgiving service at 7:00 pm this Tuesday, November 24 at St. Joseph Church. This is the 10th year that the area churches have organized such a service (we hosted it back in 2008 at St. Stephen Church). The service will feature inspirational singing, preaching and prayers of gratitude composed by the community. A freewill offering will be taken up for the Neighborhood Ecumenical Team (N.E.T.), which helps people living in the area of St. Joseph Church with assistance in obtaining food and paying rent and utility bills. I hope that you can come and be a part of this beautiful service.

-Fr. Brian